The University of Edinburgh offers the Principals Career Development PhD scholarships for students starting their PhD research at the University in the current academic session.
In order to attract the best and brightest PhD students, the University seeks to offer not only unparalleled research facilities and superb supervision, but also to provide development opportunities which will support research students as they progress beyond their PhD, through an innovative programme of integrated research, training, and career development.
This exciting scholarship scheme provides a valuable opportunity for postgraduate research students to undertake a package of training and development which will help them to develop the necessary skills required to meet their career choices and offer them a breadth of development opportunities in areas such as teaching, public engagement, entrepreneurship, data science, and research.
Scholars will usually focus on one career development area.
Principals Career Development PhD Scholarships
Course(s) Offered: Selected disciplines
Course Level: Postgraduate (PhD)
Provider: University of Edinburgh
Country to Study in: UK
The awards are open to UK, EU and overseas students applying to start their first year of study for a research degree in 2016-2017. Award applicants should contact the School with whom they intend to study before applying for the award to ascertain whether the funding is available for the discipline involved.
Applicants intending to study within the School of Engineering, the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures or the School of Law are not eligible for this award.
Applicants must have already applied for admission to a full-time PhD research programme of study at the University. Applicants intending to study a part-time PhD research programme will only be considered for the scholarship if they have the approval of the School they wish to study with.
Candidates are required to have good English Language skills with scholarship applicants normally requiring a minimum IELTS of 7.0 achieved within the past two years. Please check the Entry Requirements for your proposed programme of study for details of other acceptable English language qualifications. The requirement for an IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) may be higher than the level required for admissions purposes.
You may apply for the scholarship prior to obtaining the necessary English language test results but the results should be uploaded as soon as possible.
Please also note that if you have applied for consecutive registration where you will start your Master’s programme of study in 2016 and your PhD the following year in 2017, that you will not be eligible to apply for a Principal’s Career Development Scholarship in 2016. Principal’s awards cannot be held concurrently with fully-funded scholarships but can be held with partial awards such as the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships.
Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a UK first class or 2:1 honours degree at undergraduate level or the international equivalent.
Other factors such as financial status, nationality and the proposed field of study are not taken into account.
The University will not generally consider candidates who have already obtained a PhD, or formal equivalent, as a result of direct research training.
Citizens of ALL countries worldwide (i.e. UK, EU and all others)
The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Fields of study
Scholars will usually focus on one career development area. These include:
Number of awards
The University will offer fourty-five (45) PhD scholarships
Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships are awarded for three years.
Each scholarship covers the UK/EU rate of tuition fee as well as a stipend of £14,000.
Please note that this award cannot be held concurrently with fully-funded scholarships but can be held with partial awards like Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships.
Method of Application
Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application before the application deadline as stated below. Please be sure to outline the potential contribution you can make, and the career development opportunities you wish to take under the Principal’s Career Development PhD Scholarship scheme. Note that you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh and have full EASE authentication.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for detailed information and also to access the “Postgraduate Research Online Scholarship Application Form“.
All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, 12th February 2016
The University will use the information you provide on your scholarship application form together with the information contained in the supporting documentation (two references and academic transcript) which you submitted as part of your application for admission to administer and assess your scholarship application and to select successful applicants.
Shortlisted candidates should expect to be invited to attend an interview which will take place either in person or by telephone.
Application Deadline: 12 February 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes